Category Archives: October 2011

Falling Timber

Although trees add tremendous value to the landscape of a local park, they must be monitored and cared for properly, or they can become a liability. Many property owners don’t realize that part of their legal duty in maintaining the premises in a safe, hazard-free condition includes trees. A properly performed inspection of trees and implementation of a maintenance program can minimize the property owner’s exposure to expensive negligence lawsuits, reduce hazardous conditions, and preserve the landscape’s value. Construction And … Continue reading

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Surveying The Land

Maintenance standards play an important role in keeping parks safe, functional, and attractive. They extend the life of park facilities and structures, increase the safety of the public, and reduce the potential for lawsuits. In 2000, the College Station City Council in Texas directed the parks and recreation department to develop park-maintenance standards in response to the council’s vision statements and strategic issues for fiscal year 2001. It was assumed the department was already using maintenance standards until the Internet … Continue reading

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Firm Up Fitness Programs

Having roamed the fitness and exercise field for the past seven years, I have served in every capacity from a certified personal trainer to my current position as a recreation manager. Although I never worked in a “super gym,” I have discovered that there are certain issues unique to smaller facilities, such as tight spaces and people who really want to be healthy and work out, but lack the knowledge how to get started. For anyone looking to organize a … Continue reading

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Regrouping For Youth

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Freshen up your day camp or after-school program with these new ideas: Lego Battles Legos are making a huge comeback with themes such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, and even dolls like Belville. Investing in Lego sets and tables is hardly a minor move–and one that’s not in the budget–so get the kids involved. Ask each child to bring his or her Lego sets to … Continue reading

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Splashing Through The Snow

As the colder weather arrives, most people are looking forward to colorful foliage and preparing for the holidays. Those operators with seasonal facilities have likely already closed them, or will be closing them for the season shortly. Indoor facilities may even see a decline in patronage due to fewer people traveling during the colder months. Ironically, this is a great time to be thinking about your pools and spas. This is a real opportunity to consider repairs, replacements, or updates … Continue reading

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